Pruniversity: The Short Course on Pruning and Training Trees
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Friday, September 23, 2022
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)
James Downer, Ph.D.
Marty Shaw, RCA BCMA
The Science and Benefits of Pruning
Purposes of pruning
Strategies for pruning
Severity of pruning
Evaluating trees before pruning
Reducing the Need to Prune through Thoughtful Tree Selection, Placement and Maintenance
General rules of urban tree placement
Selecting species and cultivars
Tree form and habit
Understanding Tree Form before Pruning
Tree biology and anatomy
Trunks and branches
Pruning for health and strength
Improving Tree Health through Pruning
Tree nutrition and growth
Injuries, diseases and pests, and tree response to threats
Best practices for young trees, healthy trees and compromised trees
Pruning Timing and Tools
Pruning for different types and ages of trees
Time of year and frequency of pruning
Cutting tools and peripheral equipment
Tools for pruning roots
Tool cleaning and maintenance
Types of cuts
Planning and making cuts
Pruning dead or dying branches
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6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW
6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs
6.5 SAF Cat 1 CFE Credits
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This webinar is open to the public and is designed to offer 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.
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James Downer Ph.D
James Downer, Ph.D.
Dr. Downer has 37 years of experience as a horticulture and plant pathology Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura County. His academic training is from California Polytechnic Univ., Pomona, (BSc. horticulture & botany, 1981; MSc. Biology, 1983;in 1998 he earned a Ph.D. in plant pathology, from University of California, Riverside. Dr. Downer’s research is focused on mulch, soil microbiology and disease suppression in mulched soils, diseases of shade trees and cultural practices to maintain landscape plants. He is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science, the American Phytopathological Society, The International Soc. of Arboriculture (ISA), and the Western Chapter of the ISA (WCISA), Dr. Downer is an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic University in Pomona. He serves on the Board of the John Britton Fund for tree Research as the chair of the research advisory committee, and currently serves on the education committee for WCISA. Dr. Downer has a love of shade trees, Shinrin roku (forest bathing/walking) tree work, wood working, horses, gardening, horticulture and the study of plants and their biology. He resides in Ojai, CA and Portal, AZ.
Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMAAuthor of The Professional Amenity Plant Appraisal Handbook
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Mr. Shaw grew up in the sleepy little Appalachian town of Bristol, Tennessee, a small city that rests on the boundary between the two states of Tennessee and Virginia. Upon graduation from Bristol Tennessee High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as ships baker aboard the USS Shark (a fast attack submarine) for four years. When his enlistment came to an end, he took a job selling lawn care service to residential owners in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and later, moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he worked as general manager of a landscape contracting company while attending the University of Tennessee for Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. Eventually, Mr. Shaw took over as president of a wholesale tree care supply business and built the company from $70,000 in sales to over $1.2 million in just seven years. During that time, he married his wife Kristin and they had two children together. With encouragement from Kristin he also developed an interest in arboricultural consulting, and on May 11th, 1999, he became the first American Society of Consulting Arborist (ASCA) member in Middle Tennessee. From 1998 to 2003, he also served on the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Mr. Shaw has since consulted with private landowners, insurance companies, attorneys, tree companies, cooperative extension service agents, country clubs, state urban forestry organizations, universities, and colleges. He has worked on some of the most challenging, difficult, and highest profile cases across the United States. Mr. Shaw is a Registered Consulting Arborist, a Board-Certified Master Arborist and one of only a handful of arborists worldwide who consult full-time. He is a UAS pilot, a real estate appraiser and he brings a broad range of skills from a variety of scientific and professional disciplines. An autodidact, Mr. Shaw brings a unique perspective and a talent for learning to any project. He has developed authoritative expertise to create a greater understanding in tree related matters.
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Course Title: Pruniversity: The Short Course on Pruning and Training Trees
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course is intended to assist design professionals in pruning and training trees in the urban environment. More specifically, the course discusses the science of trees, tree health, and pruning practices to provide a holistic understanding of trees so that design professionals can determine the best care for different types and ages of trees, regardless of their affliction.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the science, purposes, benefits, strategies, and severity of pruning. Learners will also be able to properly evaluate trees before pruning.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to review tree biology and anatomy to better understand tree form before pruning and reduce the need for pruning through thoughtful urban tree selection, placement, and maintenance.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to understand tree injuries, diseases and pests, and how the tree responds to these threats in order to employ best practices for young trees, healthy trees, and compromised trees.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to determine the best time of year, frequency, tools and equipment for pruning different types and ages of trees.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to identify the types of cuts, plan and make cuts, and utilize proper post-cut procedures.
LUs: 6.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 08/01/2025
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